Saturday, August 30, 2014

...A Long Time Ago..

I was about ten when I got my first movie poster. It was so glossy and so larger than life that I fell for it. I looked at it for days altogether. I still remember that it was Amir Khan's poster.
I clearly remember the first time we bought a car and how we all went for a ride. It almost felt like Diwali. Oh and did I ever tell you about my first branded sneakers? I must have, I keep repeating things. I loved those shoes.. I used to dance to "Walk like an Egyptian" wearing those shoes. 
Walking would be an understatement.. I floated wearing those shoes. 
The first time I got my official pocket-money I was so thrilled. I recorded every transaction down to the last paisa that I spent. 
I felt so liberated after wearing my first pair of oxidized metal earrings. Growing up, mum was strict with us (One pair of gold earrings which wasn't quite noticeable and of course no fashion statement).
The first time I proposed to get my nose pierced it was almost like fighting for the guy I wanted to marry.

I think if you identify with me on the above things that I have mentioned then you are also a part of the elite group. That elite group was termed by my mother as "Rich Children Of Poor Parents".. Probably she just meant middle class children.. It feels like a lifetime ago.. Do I want to go back there? Most definitely.. YES!!!
We here happy and contented. It was a happy place and state to be in. 

I sometimes really wonder when I talk to the parents of my age group about their kids. The kids today 
are just different.. A couple of weeks ago I met a nice couple at someones party. They have a 2 year old and they proudly boasted about how their kid does not like to sit in a Maruti 800. 
His dad bought him his own iPad when he found that his kid was using his iPad. 
I met an old friend who is slightly older than me and we were chit chatting about her 4 year old. 
She told me that her girl has joined dance classes, basketball training, computer education ( I don't know the exact word -  Abacus or something)..She spends one fourth of her day on the roads fighting traffic in and out. I just couldn't help but wonder about that little girls hectic schedule. I felt pretty guilty also for having so much of free time at my disposal. For us, we had cycles at our disposal.

The hypermarket in my neighborhood is doing a great business courtesy new parents. I have seen their kids creating a scene at the billing counter. The parents are too careless. Chocolates have lost their meaning.
During my time, even if someone got chocolates for us my parents used to ration it. I still feel very guilty if I ever end up eating more than 2 cubes of chocolate bar. It's another thing that I never think twice before gulping down G&T's now :). quite ironical I would say. Chips & biscuits meant fine dining - Mainly at someone's birthday party or school picnic.

Oh and don't even get me started on the fancy names...!!  What is wrong with the parents these days. 
They keep such fancy names for their kids. Guys, the world is shrinking and is becoming global. The name is the most important part of ones identity. Tomorrow if your kid is surrounded by the foreigners where they would find it difficult to pronounce his name... How would you feel?
Just Imagine your kid would never be able to order a cup of coffee at Starbucks..!! What is wrong with single syllable names? I have one and I turned out to be just fine...!

If I ever have kids then they are not going to live any sheltered life. They will have to board the public bus with the same pride as their mothers BMW/ Audi or whatever. They will have to get down and get dirty. 
They might not top their class for not attending those special computer classes. They might lose out on that extra edge in their college essays. I guess they wouldn't miss much in the long run.. 
What is life without these experiences?  

May be I am just growing old and is not ready to accept these newsies generation....!!!
To be honest, in Europe they use Sch instead of Sh to spell my name. Technically they pronounce it correctly.


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